Kids Can Move – school gymnastics

Everyone bemoans the decline of school gymnastics.

In Canada schools that do a good job including “gymnastics” in the curriculum are the minority.

Ruschkin publishes 60 excellent school lesson plans for teachers of grades 1-6.

And Gymnastics British Colombia offers a program for the schools called Kids Can Move that champions the benefits of gymnastics for students.

Schools are offered a guest gymnastics instructor for 7hrs, a resource manual, additional materials, insurance and more. The cost is only C$100 — a very good deal.

For free, under “Resources” on the home page, you can download a number of good articles on school gymnastics. Not surprisingly, they recommend Ruschkin’s Up Down All Around lesson plans.

Kids Can Move – official website


(Disclosure. I edit the Ruschkin website.)

video – Dutch gymnast training

Tarik Rammo is an 21 18-year-old Artistic gymnast from the Netherlands.

He did a nice job editing some workout footage. Then posted the video of tumbling, trampoline and horizontal bar.

Click PLAY or watch the video on YouTube.

As you know, the Dutch have done fantastic things in gymnastics in recent years. And they will be hosting 2007 Europeans & 2010 Worlds.

who will host the 2016 Summer Olympics?

International pundits believe that the host city will most likely be in North America because cities from Asia, Australia and Europe have been selected as hosts for the four most recent Olympic Games, unless Latin America, (with the exception of the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games) Africa, Southeast Asia and the Middle East, areas that have never hosted the Olympic Games, can impress the International Olympic Committee otherwise.

2016 Summer Olympics – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I would love to see them go to Dubai. Or Doha, Quatar, both strongly considering bids.

This would normalize relations, build bridges with the Islamic world and move the focus of world attention to someone else besides the (comparatively few) Islamic terrorists.

_42345319_olym203.jpgDoha successfully pulled off the 2006 Asian Games though they had low spectator turn-out.

No doubt the threat of terrorist violence will hurt the chances of both cities.

Olympic logo in Quatar.

Elena Mukhina dead at 46

The 1978 World Champion died Dec. 22nd.

The wonderful athlete, who pushed Nadia and popularized full-in on Floor and double back off beam, was paralysed in a training disaster before the 1980 Olympics.

Unlike the fluke accident suffered by Drew Donnellan, the paralysis of Mukhina was the subject of much conjecture. And even criticism of the coaches involved.


Sadness at Christmas Times….!

At the age of five years Elena lost both of her parents. She was raised by her grandmother, Anna Ivanovna. As a youngster she took an interest in gymnastics and figure skating. When an athletic scout visited her school, she eagerly volunteered to try out for gymnastics. …

Up until 1975, Elena Mukhina was an unremarkable gymnast, but after then, she teamed up with men’s coach Mikhail KLIMENKO and she transformed into one of the most show stopping gymnasts of her time: In 1976 she won the title of a Soviet junior all-around champion, but she did not qualify for the Olympic team (Montreal).

After winning three European titles at the continental championships in Prague (1977), she burst onto the scene at the 1978 World Championships in Strasbourg, France.

In one of the most stunning all-around performances in history, she won the gold medal, beating out Olympic Champions Nadia COMANECI and Nellie KIM among others. She also tied for the gold medal in the floor exercise event final, as well as winning the silver in balance beam and uneven bars.

She quickly established herself as an athlete to watch for at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

In late 1979 Mukhina suffered a broken leg, which kept her out of the World Championships in Fort Worth, Texas, a competition in which the Soviet team suffered its first defeat at the hands of their archrivals from Romania.

After surgery Mukhina’s training continued despite her leg having not completely healed. When it was discovered that the fracture had not healed properly, Mukhina was rushed into surgery again. Because of her injury, she had great difficulty re-mastering a signature tumbling run, a Thomas salto (a 1 and 3/4 flip with 1 1/2 twists).

Two weeks before the Moscow Olympics, while practicing this exact move, she underrotated the salto, crash-landed on her chin, and her spine snapped. She was rendered a quadriplegic. …

Following the injury, the Soviet Gymnastics Federation remained secretive about the events surrounding Mukhina’s cataclysmic injury.

Elena herself was reclusive following the incident, seldom publicly discussing the accident.

In a rare interview with “Ogonyok MAGAZINE”, Elena spoke about the Soviet gymnastics program, criticizing it for deceiving the public about her injury, and for the system’s insatiable desire for gold medals and championships:

“…for our country, athletic successes and victories have always meant somewhat more than even simply the prestige of the nation. They embodied (and embody) the correctness of the political path we have chosen, the advantages of the system, and they are becoming a symbol of superiority. Hence the demand for victory – at any price. As for risk, well… We’ve always placed a high value on risk, and a human life was worth little in comparison with the prestige of the nation…”

What ever happened to Elena Mukhina

Elena Mukhina – Wikipedia

update – Drew’s life after paralysis

We’ve been cheering on Drew and his many supporters.

He is still improving as 2007 approaches.

Drew Donnellan, 16, suffered a spinal cord injury May 12 when he over-rotated during a flip at gymnastics practice. The boy from Jamaica — adopted as an infant by Fran when she was in the Peace Corps — was diagnosed with quadriplegia and spent more than three months at Craig Hospital, a spinal cord center in Denver.

Drew came home Aug. 30, and returned to Salpointe Catholic High School two weeks later.

Drew’s arms are much stronger and slightly more dexterous now, but he is still confined to a power wheelchair.

At the end of his first semester, the junior is on pace to graduate on time with his class. When he first moved home, it took his mother three hours to get him dressed. Now, Drew can get ready in an hour and a half.

Things are getting back to the way they once were in the house on Edison Street, but they will never be the same.

Drew’s Life After paralysis | ®


beam – Peng Peng Lee – 2006 Elite Canada

hommambb.gifShe shows Flairs (Homma) mount. (I’m still waiting for all the future variation to comes.)

The small video top right comes from the on-line glossary site posted by ShanFan, aka Uruviel, aka Heather.

13-year-old Peng Peng Lee of Toronto won floor, beam, bars and the All-around in her first National competition as a Junior.

Click PLAY or watch Peng Peng’s beam routine on YouTube.